The “Merc with a Mouth” better known as Deadpool returns to the big screen in Deadpool 2 from 20th Century Fox. Ryan Reynolds returns to the titular role of our title character, foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool), who after a personal tragedy brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable (Josh Brolin).
As he did in the first film, Reynolds is having the time of his life as Deadpool. Whether he’s taking down bad guys or cracking one-liners, Reynolds is a joy to watch on screen. A few characters from the first film return including Deadpool’s love interest Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), bartender Weasel (T.J. Miller), elderly roommate Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) and taxi driver Dopinder (Karan Soni). However, the highlight of the returning cast for me had to be the characters of Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) Colossus (Stefan Kapičić).
Since the first film, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus have both evolved as characters. The sequel finds Negasonic Teenage Warhead coming into her own as a member of the X-Men. Colossus, on the other hand, has a newfound respect for Deadpool and continues to try and help Deadpool find the good in himself. While the returning cast all does excellent work, the new characters also shine.
Josh Brolin fully embodies the role of Cable and lives up to all of his pre-release hype. Cable is a time-traveling cybernetic mutant soldier who will complete his mission at any costs. There were moments in the film when I found myself rooting more for Cable than Deadpool. Brolin and Reynolds have great chemistry, and it’s surprising they’ve never worked together. I also enjoyed the character of Domino (Zazie Beetz).
Given that Deadpool 2, is a superhero flick, the action sequences need to be impressive, and director David Leitch gives the audience some excellent eye candy moments. Leitch’s background as an action choreographer and stunt coordinator comes across well in the film’s key action moments. Leitch does his best to give his superheroes all a moment to shine and show off their powers.
Credit must also go to returning writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Reese and Wernick seem to have once again captured the essence of Deadpool naturally by allowing even mainstream audiences to identify with the character. Whether its Deadpool’s breaking of the fourth wall or the pop culture references to humanizing Deadpool after the tragedy he experiences in the film’s first act.
Be sure to be on the lookout for cameos from some other superheroes as well as one from a major Hollywood star. I must also advise you to stick around for the credits, as the “stinger” may be one of the funniest moments ever captured on film.
With a thoroughly winning performance by Reynolds and his supporting cast, the sequel shines by showcasing the first film’s winning formula on a grander scale. Deadpool 2 is not only a great sequel, but it’s also an all-around great film.
Final Grade A-